Why the White Sox sought Rios

Since the Chicago White Sox began play last night just three games behind Detroit in the AL Central, acquiring outfielder Alex Rios from Toronto made sense on two levels.

First, they got him for exactly nothing, since the Blue Jays had put Rios and his $60 million contract on waivers.

And second, they're still in the race.

But it will cause some dislocation. Manager Ozzie Guillen indicated Monday that DH Jim Thome and rightfielder Jermaine Dye both would lose at-bats to Rios. Perhaps coincidentally, Dye was 0 for 3 on Monday night and Thome was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. But the two are on pace to combine for 197 RBIs this season.

Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune said the deal for the 28-year-old outfielder was a long time coming.

"Rios should become the everyday centerfielder the Sox have been missing since they traded Aaron Rowand to the Phillies after the 2005 World Series," Rogers wrote. "He has mostly been a rightfielder in Toronto, but only because the franchise icon, Vernon Wells, plays center. Rios has better range and a better arm than almost all of the 14 players Guillen has used in center since Rowand."

Cooperstown calling

Vladimir Guerrero slugged the 400th home run of his career on Monday night and moved into an exclusive club.

Only six players ever have hit 400 homers combined with a lifetime batting average of .320 or better: Jimmie Foxx (.325), Lou Gehrig (.340), Stan Musial (.331), Babe Ruth (.342), Ted Williams (.344), and, at least for now, Guerrero, who entered the season with a .323 career average.

"It's a Hall of Fame career," Angels manager Mike Scioscia told the Orange County Register. "He's in some select company now. If you look at the names he's linked with, I think it speaks volumes for the career."

Change-up in the press box

The official scorer of Monday night's Yankees-Blue Jays game gave New York second baseman Robinson Cano an error on a throw from pitcher Sergio Mitre that ticked off Cano's glove and allowed a run to score.

But after the game, Yanks manager Joe Girardi expressed complete disagreement with the call and said the error had to be on Mitre.

The call was changed to an error on the pitcher.

Noteworthy

Cleveland sent righthander Jose Veras and infielder Josh Barfield to triple-A Columbus. . . . The Los Angeles Angels gave righthander Justin Speier (4-2, 5.18 ERA) his unconditional release four days after the reliever gave up three homers in one inning. . . . Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury stole his 51st base of the season Monday against Detroit, the third-highest total in Red Sox history. Tommy Harper had 54 in 1973 and Tris Speaker had 52 in 1912. Ellsbury had 50 last year. . . . Indians righthander Jake Westbrook has been shut down for the season after feeling discomfort in his arm during a rehab start in double-A Akron. . . . Kansas City acquired righthander John Bannister from Texas on a waiver claim. . . . The Blue Jays promoted infielder Randy Ruiz from triple-A Las Vegas. . . . Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler, out with a strained left hamstring, will begin a rehabilitation assignment today at double-A Frisco.

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This article contains information from the Associated Press.